At a weekly press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted this week’s House vote to curb excessive government regulations and next week’s vote to stop the small business tax hike.

This week, the House will vote on the 'Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act' (H.R. 4078), which is focused on eliminating excessive government regulations that make it harder for small businesses to hire.

“Dozens of coal miners packed” a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power field hearing in Abingdon, VA yesterday, including Stephen Boggs, a local coal miner “worried the new regulations” coming from the Obama administration “could force him out of a job,” WCYB News 5 reports.

Speaker Boehner says the president “has no idea what it takes to build or run a small business … and it shows.”

“With a torpid job market and a fragile economy,” the New York Times says President Obama will renew (again) his call for tax hikes on small businesses later this morning.

Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the burdensome licensing process that is raising costs and creating roadblocks to American hydropower development. The House has passed two bills as part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators and the American Energy Initiative that would create jobs and promote more American hydropower, both of which are amongst the more than 30 jobs bills stalled in the Democratic-led Senate.

Speaker John highlighted today’s House vote on the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act, next month’s vote to stop the small business tax hike, and Republicans’ commitment to fully repeal ObamaCare.

House Republicans’ focus on jobs continues this week with action on the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act – a package of seven bills rolled out by the House Energy Action Team that will address high energy costs hurting American families and crippling small businesses, and create thousands of badly-needed jobs.

On Friday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama administration’s attempt to revoke a previously-approved permit for American energy production at the Spruce coal mine in West Virginia. Members of the Obama administration who were invited to testify chose not to attend the hearing, dodging responsibility for actions several witnesses said are having a “chilling” effect on job creation, economic growth and energy development.

At a weekly press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted upcoming House action on legislation to help reduce economic uncertainty and create a better environment for private-sector job growth. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks: